Gathering of the Ohio Faithful
July 6 - 12, 2020
This event schedule is subject to change.
Monday, July 6
Arrive mid-to-late afternoon. Registration and the hospitality room will open at 3:00. The Berlin Encore Hotel is our property for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, located at 4365 Ohio-39, Millersburg, OH (Please note: It is located 8 miles East of Millersburg!) Enjoy dinner locally on your own this evening and partake of the area small shops; most close 5-6:00, although, some stay open until 7:00. I encourage a mid-evening trip to Main Street Fudge & Popcorn for ice cream!
Tuesday, July 7
Comp. hot breakfast at hotel. This is our day in Ohio’s Amish Country, beginning with Behalt: The Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center. This informative and educational introduction will then be followed by (exact details TBD): Lone Star Quilts, Three Feathers Pewter, David Warther Carvings, Keim Lumber, Coblentz Chocolate, Guggisburg and/or Heini’s Cheese, Troyer’s Country Market (grind your own peanut butter) and Wendell August Forge. Lunch TBD. All activities will conclude late afternoon for time to rest. We’ll then enjoy a nice dinner buffet, followed by a live-entertainment show at the Amish Country Theatre attached to the hotel; $42pp/all-inclusive.
Wednesday, July 8
Comp. hot breakfast at hotel. We will mostly follow the northern half of The Old Port Washington Road: Ohio’s first state-recognized road. (We will use the portion from Millersburg to Baltic—alternating on to some other paved roads, as some parts of the original road are still gravel and in some places, dirt.) We’ll next visit the Age of Steam Roundhouse, a fabulous active train restoration facility and most likely have our lunch catered-in. We’ll see the world’s largest cuckoo clock (now restored), Swiss murals, a unique brick wall sculpture and the Alpine Hills Museum (donation-basis) in Sugarcreek. We’ll then travel to Dover and see the Warther Museum, Toland-Herzig Famous Endings funeral home museum, Bob Smith’s personal hearse/ambulance collection (not open to the public), maybe the Auman Museum of Radio & Television and/or others. Dinner will be on your own in the small town of Strasburg at The Manor Restaurant (Since 1961, very affordable). A beautiful, hilly country drive will return us to the hotel by mid-evening so folks may enjoy the hospitality room.
Thursday, July 9
Comp. hot breakfast at hotel. This is our check-out and transfer day to the Columbus area, but, not before starting a fun day of unusual sightseeing! We’ll visit the ultra-unique Lehman’s Hardware in Kidron, then the extensive personal farm machinery and personal collections of Ron Grosjean at his family’s JR Acres farm south of Wooster and lunch at the Bishop’s family restaurant, thanks to the assistance of Bob and Sue Miller. Our trip to Nationwide Hotel will be all back roads to avoid Central Ohio congestion. There will be some surprises along the way on this day and we’ll plan to arrive at the hotel by late afternoon. Our host hotel for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights is the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center, located at 100 Green Meadows Drive, Lewis Center, OH. Dinner will be on your own, locally, with recommendations suggested. Upon arrival at the hotel, the West parking lot (in the front) will be reserved for MG parking for the duration of our time on property. Folks will be able to enjoy the hospitality room all evening.
Friday, July 10
Comp. hot breakfast at hotel. We’ll enjoy a nice backroads drive, up through the country as we head to the Honda Heritage Center of rural Marysville. A tour of the museum is confirmed and will highlight the company's success in North America over the last half-century with an array of historical, current and future concept exhibits. Lunch will be catered-in, on-site at Honda, for convenience purposes. Please note: Our time at Honda will only involve the Heritage Center, we will not be touring the auto assembly plant (it’s 2 miles of walking!). Our next stop is intended to be the Transportation Research Center (TRC), outside of East Liberty, the largest independent vehicle test facility and proving grounds in the U.S. Dinner will be coordinated at a convenient location on our way back to the hotel, avoiding metro traffic during that time of the day. Folks will be able to enjoy the hospitality room all evening.
Saturday, July 11
Comp. hot breakfast at hotel. It’s the big day—the official celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Ohio Chapter! We’ll depart for nearby Pontifical College Josephinum. From its original campus at East Main and 17th Streets, downtown Columbus, the seminary relocated to its present location in 1931. The main building complex was finished only one week before the 1929 stock market crash which heralded the Great Depression. On-campus, we will enjoy… 9:45 a.m. GOF XCV display-only car show (as was traditional for the club over the years -- this event will not involve judging or voting, nor be open to the public) 10:45 Official 50th anniversary commemorative group photo (all cars with owners!), to be taken in front of the impressive and picturesque old-main campus building 11:15 Funkhana, utilizing a large campus parking lot on-site and planned through the assistance of club member John Olman, Webmaster and creator of Funkhana.com 12:30 Catered lunch on-site at the Jessing Center, a campus event center 1:30 Depart for a leisurely afternoon driving tour up through the country; return to the hotel late afternoon. 6:00 Cocktail Hour in the Ohio Room, the exact location of the first Ohio Chapter banquet! 7:00 Formal Awards Banquet and Grand Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Club in this newly-remodeled room, which many of the founding members may fondly remember Historical presentation(s), awards, recognitions and special remembrances
Sunday, July 12
Comp. hot breakfast at hotel. The board of directors will meet at 9 a.m. after breakfast. We’ll say our goodbyes and Safety Fast! as everyone heads home.